The city’s newest fire station has toxic mold and the local union is threatening a lawsuit if it’s not cleaned up.
“This is one of the rooms where they found some of it,” said Chief John Heilmann while showing two rooms that have been quarantined. The mold is growing around firefighters’ bedrooms.
“Didn’t know about the mold issue and how severe it was until they opened up the dorm room upstairs,” he said.
The roof has leaked in the past but they never knew just what was growing.
It all started last year when mold was discovered in an office. That was quickly eradicated, but the toxins surfaced once again back in March and spores have been multiplying ever since.
“It’s not a new issue, it’s been presented before, and now we are taking it to the next step,” said Robert Padilla with the Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522.
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Hearing a buzz from the pager clipped to his belt, Larry Luckham pulls off his button-down Hawaiian shirt to reveal a San Rafael Fire Department T-shirt he’s wearing underneath. He’s always prepared.
Quickly, Luckham slides into his fire gear, slips on his boots and hops into his truck, which is equipped with emergency lights and radios along with cameras and other investigation tools. Within minutes, he’s driving toward a house burning on Marina Court Drive. He can see flames as he approaches.
On site, Luckham takes photographs and careful notes — a process he’s undergone dozens of times while working as the San Rafael Fire Department’s volunteer photographer and fire investigator. But the drill feels different during this house fire in early March; it’s the last fire Luckham will investigate.
Marin Independent Journal
Three hikers stranded on a Pacifica cliff for 13 hours were finally rescued Saturday morning.
According to North County Fire Authority, on Friday around 9:34 p.m. fire crews and rescue teams responded to the area near Blackburn Terrace and Kent Road.
A 23-year-old man and two 13-year-olds were stranded about 700-feet down Shelter Cove Bluff.
Due to the location, darkness and gusty wind conditions, firefighters weren't able to reach the victims.
The rescue team stayed in touch throughout the night and provided updates to the victims' family.
On Saturday a CHP helicopter was dispatched to the area and firefighters safely rescued the victims.
After 13 long hours, the three hikers were reunited with family and checked by medical personnel.
KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco
Police arrested inmate firefighter Marco Calderon, 22, in Long Beach on Friday, June 15 after he disappeared from a fire camp earlier in the week.
Calderon walked away from McCain Valley Conservation Camp in east San Diego County on June 13. He had been last seen in his assigned bunk around 11:00 p.m. and was later reported missing around 1:30 a.m.
After conducting a thorough investigation, Special Service Unit agents determined Calderon was a transient and was living out of a car with his fiancé in Long Beach.
Agents arrested Calderon near Cesar Chavez Park. He was transported to the California Institution for Men in Chino.
Agents are investigating whether his fiancé was involved in the escape and if so, she will be taken into custody.
KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
My friend the mayor of Santa Rosa was scratching out a living as a freelance Press Democrat columnist in 2012 and was sparked to write about wildfires in Colorado, where he lived before coming to California.
Chris Coursey noted that the Waldo Canyon Fire near Colorado Springs, the most destructive in the state’s history, had killed two people, forced the evacuation of 30,000 and destroyed 350 homes.
Chris wrote in July of that year that in Colorado Springs and in Santa Rosa and elsewhere across the country, 10 million homes were built between 1990 and 2008 in or adjacent to the wildland-urban interface, “the zone between city and country where concrete gives way to forest, brush and grass.”
“In Santa Rosa,” he added, “think of areas such as Fountaingrove and Skyhawk.”
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Chief, Daniel R. Talbot received approval from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to immediately close seven hazardous fire areas throughout the region on June 18, 2018.
On Thursday at least three small fires sparked near Idyllwild. People living nearby say it's a reminder to be prepared for the season.
“It’s a dry season. We haven’t had much rain. The winter was horrible. We didn’t really get any snow. So it’ll be interesting to see what happens,” said Chris Jones, an Idyllwild local.
Others are asking locals and visitors to be careful. "If you have a closed fire, that’s cool, but things get out of control super easy, super fast. We don’t know why, we’re locals, but three fires? That’s enough to question. I really hope people be careful,” said Jamie Starkey Peterson.
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